Scott MartindaleStocks have been on a one-way train all month long. Now, as we approach Groundhog Day, the market appears to be having its own version of it as the Dow faces 14,000 and the S&P 500 struggles at 1500. As investors peer out above these levels, will they collectively see their shadow and retreat to safety for the next six weeks? Or will they bravely march forward into the clear blue skies to challenge the all-time highs from 2007?

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We come into the week riding a new five-year high for the S&P 500 and eight consecutive positive trading sessions.  But a busy week lies ahead with a bevy of economic reports and a boatload of Q4 earnings.  So far we’ve only had a peek at the first couple economic reports, and they were mixed with Durable Goods riding transportation to beat an expected 1.7% increase (after last month’s 0.7% increase) with a solid 4.6% gain.  However Pending Home Sales

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Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”  -- John F. Kennedy

According to multiple reports in the business media, the scene at Davos, Switzerland, home to the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum, appears to be more upbeat than during the last few years.

It’s probably not about the skiing.

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David Brown gives insight into the retail investor's increase in trading in this USA Today article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2013/01/24/new-stock-highs-l...

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Scott MartindaleEarnings season is in full swing, and on balance, investors are liking what they hear. Tech leaders Google (GOOG) and IBM (IBM) got bought in truckloads after their fine earnings reports, although Apple (AAPL) disappointed after the close on Wednesday.

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First and foremost, the week will be filled with important earning reports, along with forward guidance from most reporting companies.  Google (GOOG), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) kick off the week for the Technology sector after today’s market.  Delta Airlines (DAL) met its projected numbers and is being rewarded as we write with a 3.3% gain.  The Materials Sector (XLB) is doing well following strong earnings reports by Freep

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Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. “ -- Mark Twain

So far, the month of January is proving to be a solid win for the Bulls. And, while the major market mover for the remainder of the month probably will be found in the earning season numbers yet to come, a series of macroeconomic trends seem as if support for the upward trend should continue, perhaps deep into the first quarter of the year.

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 Happy New Year! 

2013 has provided some fireworks already as Congress demonstrated daily that “sometimes words have two meanings” and the market was volleyed by the “songbird who sings.”  The end result was a fiscal cliff deal that raised as many questions as answers.  Suffice to say that there is plenty of uncertainty remaining in the market which will provide plenty of volatility for the upcoming year.  Regardless of which party you support, there should be an obvious “sign on the wall but (we) want to be sure” coming up with the debt ceiling.

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Earnings reports on Wednesday from big banks like Goldman Sachs (Scott MartindaleGS) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) were encouraging. And Apple (AAPL) got a much-needed boost from the top tech analysts. However, Goldman’s analysts tried to throw a wet blanket on the markets earlier this week with their expectation that earnings reports overall this year would be “uninspiring” and that equity returns this year likely will be only in the single digits.

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Editor’s Note: Walter Gault is this week’s author. David Brown will be back next week.

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People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.” -- Kurt Vonnegut

Investors seem ready to forgive and forget a lot of the problems that inhabited the 2012 equity market.

And why not?

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Well, we fell, tumbled, leaped, jumped, or merely stepped off the fiscal cliff, and it’s too early to judge the extent of our injuries, if any.  What is clear, though, is that Congress kicked a bunch of cans down the road which creates a continuing struggle for a rational budget, a rational debt ceiling, a rational tax policy, and a rational healthcare plan.

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Scott MartindaleAnother earnings season is underway. I haven’t noticed much in the way of earnings pre-announcements (i.e., warnings), which is a positive sign.

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If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. -- Abraham Maslow

The pullback from the brink of the fiscal cliff gave investors sufficient reason to celebrate the first week of 2013 by going on a buying spree pretty much across the board of the equity market. Whether the move up was anything more than the equivalent of a sigh of relief from investors expecting the worst from a dysfunctional Congress shall be revealed in short order during the first full week of trading sessions this year.

Congress got its act together just enough to stave off the fiscal cliff. Unfortunately, they merely added a long “pirate plank” to the edge of the cliff, as spending was not addressed. So the country has stepped off the cliff and now we are “walking the plank,” albeit without the blindfold since we know when the debt ceiling and sequestration are scheduled to kick in.

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